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Top 5 Pre-Booked Tours in Open House Melbourne 2019

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
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Historic and leading edge buildings open their doors
There are 200 buildings open for this year's Open House Melbourne Weekend 2019, which this year occurs on 28th and 29th July. While it's free to participate in most of the tours and inspections, some require pre-bookings. First-round bookings are now open, with second round bookings opening at 8.30am on Friday 19th July. So now's the time to start browsing the Open House Melbourne 2019 program to make your selections!

To help you out, I've identified some of the most interesting tours requiring pre-booking.

The Australian Performing Arts Collection Store Tour

Featuring over 600,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives, Arts Centre Melbourne's Australian Performing Arts Collection is the national leader amongst specialist performing arts collections in Australia.

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Arts Centre Melbourne's Australian Performing Arts Collection

On this special guided tour, you will be taken on a journey through Australia's performing arts history, viewing some of the most iconic objects from the Collection.

This is a FREE tour, but bookings are essential. Tours take approximately 30 minutes, and will take place on the hour between 10am and 3pm on 27th and 28th July.

You can book your place on the tour here.

Boyd House II

Boyd House II, in Walsh Street, South Yarra, is regarded as Robin Boyd's greatest domestic architectural experiment. Designed by Boyd for his family in 1957, the house is now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation.

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Boyd House II. Image credit: John Gollings

Boyd Circle and AIA award-winning architects will discuss Boyd's lasting impact on Australian design and contemporary architect as part of this tour.

Tours take 120 minutes and will take place at 11am and 2pm on 27th and 28th July. Tour groups will be limited to 25 participants.

Bookings cost $5. Click here to book your place.

Australia 108

If you've noticed a new tower on the Melbourne Southbank skyline, it's probably Australia 108, a residential tower which will be unlike any other in Australia. Featuring what is described as a 'golden starburst expression', inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag, Australia 108 will become 'the tallest building to roof' on completion.

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Australia 108. (Image credit: Floodslicer and Secret Studio)

Tours led by architects Fender Katsalidis will provide behind-the-scenes access. The tours take one hour and will run on the hour from 10am to 3pm on 27th and 28th July.

Click here to make a booking. Bookings are $5.

Luna Park

Melbourne icon Luna Park is opening its doors as part of Open House, to allow a rare peek behind the scenes. Tours will take in the Great Scenic Railway and its motor room, the heritage-listed Great Scenic Railway maintenance shed, the Luna Park Carousel and its motor area and a walk-through of the Ghost Train. The Scenic Railway is 107 years old this year, making it the oldest operating wooden roller coaster of its kind worldwide. The Motor Room is where the Scenic Railway's trains are pulled up the track by a 220-metre steel cable wrapping an ancient steel wheel.

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Luna Park

Places are very limited for this tour. The one hour tours will run at 3pm and 4pm on Saturday 27th July, and are limited to groups of 20, so if you're interested, make sure you jump in here when second round bookings open on 19th July. Bookings are $5.


Here's something a little different - a company that designs and builds functional modular homes and commercial projects across a range of industries.

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Modscape - a rare view of a company that designs and builds modular constructions

Visitors will be given a behind-the-scenes look at how the modular buildings are brought to life within the company's Brooklyn factory. With a number of projects under construction and in various stages, the tour will provide a unique insight into the modular construction process.

Tours will run at 10am and 11.30am on Saturday 27th July, for 60 minutes in groups of 40. Bookings are $5.

This is just a small selection from the extensive program, so click here to see what's available.
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Why? See inside buildings not normally open to the public
When: Various times on 27th and 28th July
Where: Various locations, check article and Open House website for details
Cost: Most are free, some require bookings
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This is a hreat ammual event. The behind the scenes luna park tour sounds particularly interesting.
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